Category Archives: Advocacy

Holiday Cards for Military/Veterans

Hope this note finds you doing well! With the holidays upon us I know you are getting ready to send out your holiday cards. It would be great if you could include our military so far away from home and those injured and under care in our hospitals.

Here are two addresses for you. The first address goes to the Red Cross who will ship your card overseas. The deadline to send that card is December 3rd — so please don’t wait on that one. The second address goes to an injured member of our military.

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20889

[UPDATE:  Letters addressed to “A Recovering American Soldier” are rejected for security reasons. Walter Reed suggests using the first address (Holiday Mail for Heroes). ]

It will make someone’s day for sure! Feel free to pass this info along.

Have a great day … Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary

NARA Northern Leadership Meeting

NARA has scheduled a most important meeting to introduce and meet the current Consultant Debra Berko and plan our 2012 Election Strategy. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Super Committee and Jobs are the issues and our survival is at stake. Nevada is definitely a target.

The NARA Board of Directors early this year established the following goals:  Organizing and the 2012 Elections.

Both go hand in hand with each other. We will discuss these topics and plan accordingly. Rich Fiesta, the national Alliance Director of Government and Political Affairs, will join us in a conference call. NARA Vice President and Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Danny Thompson will address Nevada 2012 Elections and Tax Initiatives along with other prominent speakers.

We are counting on your participation. Lunch will be provided. RSVP now (cut off date 11-25-11) contact Scott Watts, 775-267-4411 or

 DATE: Nov 28, 2011 Monday
 TIME: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
 PLACE: AFSCME Local 4041 Office
709 E. Robinson Street
Carson City, NV 89701


Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide North Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of North American labor. This year could be different. This year we could give the gift of genuine concern for our countrymen. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by North American hands. Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, privately-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down your dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town friends and neighbours with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the neighbourhood working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services  of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, hair stylist or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining North American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging local small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other our neighbours, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS could be the new North American Christmas tradition.

Occupy and Nevada Day

On October 31, 1864 Nevada became the 36th state to enter the union, and the phrase “Battle Born” on the state flag reflects the state’s entry during the American Civil War. It has been celebrated officially since 1939.

Nevada Day is observed on the last Friday of October. Because it’s a state holiday, schools, libraries, some banks, and all state offices and institutions are closed. Utilities, the post office and garbage pickup will remain open.

That should make it all that much easier for Nevadans to support the Occupy Movement which is promoting that for one day, October 28, 2011, we shut the system down.

Other News:

Presidential Caucus Dates Change Again — The Nevada Democratic Party will hold its presidential caucus on January 21, 2012. The Republican Party will hold its caucus on February 4, 2012.

The End of the Iraq War is Finally Drawing to a Close —On Friday, President Obama has announced that ALL combat troops in Iraq will be withdrawn by year-end and the war will be over.  As we reflect on how we arrived here, it’s a time to honor the men and women who served in Iraq during the last eight years — and be proud of our president, who kept his commitment to bring this war to an end.

Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams To Be Honored — Congratulations to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams who will be honored this week at an Emerge America fete in San Francisco for being a “Trailblazer.” You go, girl!

Metro Offers Tips for Safe Trick or Treating — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is offering tips to parents to ensure a safe Halloween for young trick–or–treaters

Police say parents should help kids plan their route ahead of time, utilizing a tool on Metro’s website that identifies homes in your neighborhood which are occupied by known sexual predators. Police say these homes should be avoided. From Metro’s home page, click on the “sex offenders” tab on top of the page and click on “search for offenders in our area.”

Other suggestions include:

  • Go with your children on Halloween night.
  • Ensure your children stick to the route you’ve mapped out ahead of time.
  • Carry a cell phone with you in case help is needed.
  • Know where your children are at all times.
  • When kids walk up to a door, parents should be close enough to hear the conservations that transpire.

Have a great week everyone

November 5th is Bank Transfer Day

First, the banks held the nation hostage as they held onto capital, refused to loan money to small business owners, refused to allow homeowners to equitably refinance their homes, fraudulently robo-signed documentation and foreclosed on millions of homeowners — all while receiving a bailout from the US Government (that would be us) and interest-free loans the federal reserve.  Now, it appears they want to step up their hostage-taking another notch or two by not just refusing to allow ordinary Americans to close their banking accounts with them, but by having them arrested by attempting to do so.

Folks … it’s time to move your money out of the big banks (Citigroup, Chase, Bank of America, etc.) and move it to an unaffiliated local bank or credit union.  If you consider yourself one of the 99%, and if you have your money in one of these mega-banks, OWS (Occupy Wall Street) protesters are asking you to stand with them and transfer you money out of these megabanks on or before November 5th.

Together we can ensure that corrupt crony-capitalist banking institutions will ALWAYS remember the 5th of November! If the 99% removes our funds from major banking institutions to non-profit credit unions on or by this date, we will send a clear message to the 1% that conscious consumers won’t support companies with unethical business practices.

Did you know you don’t even have to go to your bank to transfer your money.  All you need to do is go to your new bank or credit union and do an electronic transfer of funds and closure of the old account.  I learned I could do that years ago whilst in the U.S. Navy.  I’d leave my funds intact in the old account and when I got to my new duty station, I’d set up a new account and give them permission to electronically transfer the funds from my old account to my new account in their bank.  So, if you’re afraid you also might get arrested in the process of doing as those in the following YouTube videos did, just let your new bank do all the work for you.  I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to have the new business.

GREEN ACTION: PUC Public Meeting Oct 3

Nevada is at a crossroads.

We can continue to throw money into the dirty old technology that is coal-fired power plants, or we can start investing in clean energy systems that will create 21st Century jobs that will make our communities cleaner and our families healthier.

On Monday, October 3rd the Public Utilities Commission – the entity that regulates energy production in Nevada – wants to hear which choice you would prefer. That’s when the PUC will be holding a public meeting to hear from what the public’s priorities are.

We need to send a strong message that Nevadans are tired of all the talk about clean energy development in Nevada: we want action!

Come to the Public Utilities Commission meeting October 3rd at the 1:30pm or 6:00pm in the Washoe County Commission Chambers (1001 E. 9th Street, Building A).

The PUC has the power to shape Nevada into the Saudi Arabia of clean energy. But they need to know that Nevadans are behind them.

At the meeting there will be ample opportunity to give public comment and tell the Commission what you think Nevada’s energy future should look like.

Make your voice heard at the Public Utilities Commission meeting October 3rd at the 1:30pm or 6:00pm in the Washoe County Commission Chambers (1001 E. 9th Street, Building A).

Go Green!